New Jersey

AC Hotel Owner: I'll Open Small Casino

Someone is interested in opening a new casino in Atlantic City after all.

The owner of the city's Chelsea hotel said Thursday he wants to open a small casino there under a bill being considered by New Jersey lawmakers.

Curtis Bashaw says his 330-room hotel would be a perfect spot for one of two new so-called "boutique casinos" envisioned by a plan making its way through the state legislature.

The bill would ease standards set by a 2011 law authorizing casino hotels with as few as 200 rooms.

The new casino would be the first to open in Atlantic City since the ill-fated Revel debuted in April 2012, only to close less than two years later. A court hearing aimed at finding a buyer for Revel is scheduled for Friday.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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